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Matthew Fitzsimmons

With New Unit, Conn. AG’s Office Ratchets Up Focus on Data Breaches

Christian Nolan | March 13, 2015

Too many times in recent years, the Connecticut Attorney General's Office has been notified that consumers' personal information may have fallen into the wrong hands. Retailer Target may be the most highly publicized example.

Samuel Schoonmaker III

Influential Conn. Family Law Pioneer Passes Away

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Samuel V. Schoonmaker III will probably be best remembered in Connecticut legal circles as a pioneering advocate of no-fault divorce. But those who knew him well say he was much more.

Clarence Jones

Former Conn. Judge's Novel Examines Juvenile Justice System

By Patrick R. Linsey |

In his more than two decades as a Superior Court judge, Clarence Jones was most affected by the juvenile cases he presided over—claims of child abuse and neglect, mental illness and breakdowns in the state's system of social services.

Monique Ferraro

Commentary: State Must Fix Flawed Process for Analyzing Digital Evidence

Every month or so we hear something about a crime lab or forensic examiner who compromised a case by lying, stealing, misrepresenting credentials or worse. And then there are cases when these experts just get it wrong.

Michael Passero

Ruling Limits Appeals of Employee Arbitration Cases

By Christian Nolan |

Lawyers say it happens more often than one would think—a binding arbitration ruling is challenged in hopes that a trial judge overturns it.

Law Tribune Seeks Nominees for Professional Excellence Awards

The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its first ever Professional Excellence Awards.

Editorial: Medical Marijuana Producers Shouldn't Have to Fear Feds

Since 1970, marijuana has been listed as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, together with such highly addictive and potentially fatal drugs as heroin and ecstasy.

State Sued After Park Workers Peep At Women in Showers

By Associated Press |

An East Hartford family that was spied on while showering at Hammonasset Beach State Park in 2011 by two former park employees has been granted permission to sue Connecticut for negligence.

David Rosen

Second Conn. Class Action Filed in Anthem Data Breach

By Christian Nolan |

Tax Day 2015 was not a good day in the ongoing saga of the Anthem data breach.

Brian C. Roche and Gerald C. Pia Jr.

Conn. IP Lawyers Predict Problems With New 'Dot.Sucks' Domain Name

By Brian C. Roche and Gerald C. Pia Jr. |

The expansion of generic top level domains (gTLDs) continues at a frantic pace. With the release of new gTLDs, trademark owners must continuously assess their brand protection strategies vis-à-vis the acquisition of new domain names.

State Could Owe Tens of Millions in Settlement With Laid Off Workers

By Associated Press |

State employee union leaders and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen say they have reached a settlement in a long-running lawsuit filed after former Gov. John G. Rowland laid off thousands of workers during a 2003 labor contract dispute.

Conn. Court Expands Bystander Emotional Distress Claims to Med-Mal Cases

By Christian Nolan |

After much debate, the state Supreme Court has ruled that family members may bring claims for emotional distress in medical malpractice cases after witnessing a loved one die or be severely injured. So why then are plaintiffs lawyers unhappy?

Clare Hannant

Artist Gets $185,000 Arbitration Award After Interstate Accident

By Christian Nolan |

A man who already had back problems and then hurt his neck in a rear-end collision on busy Interstate 95 was recently awarded nearly $185,000 by an arbitrator.

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Norm Pattis: Jenner Interview Does Little to Advance Transgender Rights

By Norm Pattis |

I missed Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer the other night, and, try as I might, I just can't seem to muster the will to go back and watch it. That the former Olympian regards himself as a woman is, no doubt, a highly significant struggle for him. But I am tone-deaf to its social significance.

Standing (left to right): Vincent Trantolo, Keith Trantolo. Sitting (left to right): Christopher Cramer, Ron Etemi.

Motorcyclist Settles for $3.5 Million After Crash on Rough Roadway

By Christian Nolan |

A man who suffered a permanent brain injury following a motorcycle accident has recovered $3.5 million in a settlement with a company contracted to repair the Berlin Turnpike.

Conn. Firms Announce New Partners, Other Promotions

By Law Tribune Staff |

Two former partners at small firms have joined larger practices. Francis Lieto was founding partner of Fairfield's Lieto & Greenberg, whose practice will be absorbed by Goldman Gruder & Woods. And former state Rep. David J. Wenc has given up his solo practice to join Bloomfield's Baram, Tapper & Gans.

Judge Dismisses Retribution Lawsuit Filed by Little League Dad

By Associated Press |

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Connecticut father who said a baseball Little League demoted his 9-year-old son to a lower-level team because of the father's plans to build affordable housing next to a former league official's home.

Editorial: Connecticut Needs a Law on Tips

Federal law allows a restaurant to force its servers to relinquish their tips, including to management itself. The restaurant just has to pay its servers the full minimum wage, rather than the lower service wage.

Conn. Case Part of National Debate Over Openness of Juvenile Proceedings

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

When Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini decided last November to bar publication of a Law Tribune article about a child custody case, he wrote that the privacy rights of children in juvenile court were "a governmental interest of the highest order."

Custody Case Offers Rare View of Usually Secret Proceedings

By Isaac Avilucea |

On March 20, 2014, state child welfare officials took three young children from the Simsbury home of two attorneys who were in the midst of a bitter divorce.

Longtime Federal Prosecutor Named Conn. Bankruptcy Judge

By Law Tribune Staff |

A veteran federal prosecutor in Connecticut has been named the state's newest federal bankruptcy judge. Ann Nevins, who also spent time as a private practice bankruptcy attorney, succeeds Albert Dabrowski, who retired after 22 years on the bench.

Adam Mocciolo

Comparisons at Heart of Pregnancy Discrimination Case

By Adam Mocciolo |

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that when a plaintiff makes a claim under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act that an employer has failed to provide an accommodation for a pregnant employee that the employer provides for employees needing similar accommodation for non-pregnancy-related reasons, the burden shifts to the employer to show that it has a "legitimate, nondiscriminatory" reason for distinguishing between the two situations.

Nina T. Pirrotti and Joshua R. Goodbaum

Handling Supsected Workplace Theft

By Nina T. Pirrotti and Joshua R. Goodbaum |

Employers that have "the goods" on employees who have committed workplace theft may think they are in the driver's seat. That may very well be, but we would admonish them not to drive that car too fast.

Collin O'Connor Udell

Parsing ERISA's Equitable Remedies Provision

By Collin O'Connor Udell |

Those interested in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, take note: On March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Montanile v. Board of Trustees, which presents an important question that has deeply divided the circuits.

Margaret M. Sheahan and Jessica Slipen

Wage Claims: To Settle or Not to Settle?

By Margaret M. Sheahan and Jessica A. Slippen |

The best way for lawyers to help their employer clients to avoid these problems is to familiarize them with the widely misunderstood and unknown obligations of the wage payment laws and help them structure a compliant compensation system.

Peter Lefeber, John Zandy and Caroline Park

The NRLB Is Policing Social Media Policies

By Peter Rydel and Agnes Romanowska |

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board has been aggressively enforcing the National Labor Relations Act as it applies to employers' social media policies as cyberspace has emerged as a forum for employees to discuss workplace conditions.

Rebecca Goldberg

Beware the Liabilities of Interns and Volunteers

By Rebecca Goldberg |

Summer is fast approaching, and that means interns and volunteers will proliferate in the workplace. While many employers have the best of intentions when using interns and volunteers, liability abounds.

Peter Lefeber, John Zandy and Caroline Park

The NLRB's New Work Rules Guidance

By Peter Lefeber, John Zandy and Caroline Park |

On March 18, the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel, Richard F. Griffin Jr., issued Memorandum GC 15-04, seeking to clarify what types of employer policies and rules are considered lawful and which are likely to interfere unlawfully with employees' rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

Unhappy Probate Court Workers Ask Lawmakers to OK Union

By Karen Ali |

Clerks and other employees of Connecticut's Probate Court system feel they are poorly treated compared to other state workers, and so the probate staffers are pushing for legislation that would allow them to unionize.

Five Partners Bolt Conn. Practice for International Firm

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

When Steven J. Moore and some other partners in the Stamford office of Kelley Drye & Warren wanted to make a move, Moore called a former classmate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. The classmate, Louis R. Piscatelli, happens to be a Connecticut-based regional senior partner at Withers Bergman, a London-headquartered firm known for its trust and estate planning, tax work and other legal services for high net-worth individuals.

Court Orders New Trial in Flying Log Death Lawsuit

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court has ordered a new civil trial in the case of a man who was killed by a flying log at a state Department of Transportation work site.

IBM Computer Tapes Dumped on Highway Lead to Conn. Supreme Court Case

By Christian Nolan |

In an issue of first impression, the state Supreme Court will decide whether commercial general liability (CGL) insurance covers certain data breaches in the wake of IBM's loss of employment data for 500,000 past and present employees.

Editorial: Religious Freedom Acts Have Legitimate Goals

There has been much recent uproar over state efforts to enact state Religious Freedom Restoration acts (RFRA).

Woman Pulled From Car by Cops Settles Suit for $55,000

By Associated Press |

A New Haven woman has reached a $55,000 settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit brought against the town of East Haven and eight police officers. The American Civil Liberties Union and East Haven announced the settlement on April 22.

UConn School of Law dean Timothy Fisher speaks with Anton Pettiford after his speech about

Law School Dean Offers Tradition-Rocking Vision of Legal Profession's Future

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Timothy Fisher, the dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law, owes his reputation as a private practice attorney in about equal measure to his work for the rich and powerful and the poor and forgotten.

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Norm Pattis: Courts Impose Far Too Many Life Sentences

By Norm Pattis |

I wasn't under any illusions about what the sentence would be. My client was convicted of shooting a man in a drive-by shooting, killing him almost instantly. There were other charges pending, charges involving other shootings. The maximum sentence for murder was 60 years. We expected the full monty.

Dentist Settles Medicaid Fraud Claims for $2.1 Million

By Christian Nolan |

A dentist accused of participating in a multimillion-dollar Medicaid fraud scheme has reached a $2.1 million civil settlement with the state of Connecticut.

National Litigation Firm Opens Conn. Office

By Law Tribune Staff |

A former Norwalk City Council president is the lead attorney in the new Connecticut office of a nationwide litigation firm.

Domestic Violence Death Leads to $3 Million Settlement

By Associated Press |

A Connecticut city where police officers and dispatchers were accused of negligence and ethnic discrimination in their response to what became a murder-suicide in 2010 has agreed to settle a lawsuit by the victim's family for $3 million.

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Mark Dubois: New Media, Old Lawyers—And a Bad Biking Accident

By Mark Dubois |

I had the recent pleasure of doing an in-service training for a state agency. When my daughter learned that I would be speaking on social media, she emailed me (because I don't tweet, snap, vine or text) and asked what I knew about this stuff that qualified me to be giving such a talk.

Robert Killian

Outspoken Judge Steps Down After 30 Years, 50,000 Cases

By Jay Stapleton |

For more than 30 years, Robert Killian served as the lone judge for all probate matters in Hartford.

Conn. Judge OKs $140 Million Settlement in Retirement Benefits Case

By Christian Nolan |

A federal judge in Connecticut has given his final approval to a $140 million national settlement in a dispute that has been pending since 2001 between the trustees of five employer-sponsored 401(k) plans and Nationwide Life Insurance.

John Rowland

Rowland Lawyer Outlines Appeal Strategy in Court Briefs

By Associated Press |

Former Republican Gov. John G. Rowland's lawyer has outlined an appeal strategy over his client's conviction in a political consulting scheme, arguing that prosecutors failed to disclose information that would have been helpful to the defense.

Kenneth Ireland

Fund for Exonerated Inmates Low on Reserves, Schedules Fundraiser

By Christian Nolan |

Kenneth Ireland spent 21 years behind bars for a rape and murder he did not commit. Miguel Roman served 20 years in prison for a murder that DNA evidence now shows was committed by another man who has since been convicted.

Howard A. Jacobs

Iconic, 'Tenacious' New Haven Defense Attorney Passes Away

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Howard Jacobs represented all types: jilted spouses, people accused of violent felonies and routine misdemeanors; rock stars with behavioral issues.

Leslie-Anne Maxwell, Andrew C. Ryan, Steven M. Coyle, Christopher A. Potts, and Derek J. Denhart

Will Biosimilar Applicants Opt Out of Patent Dance?

By Leslie-Anne Maxwell, Andrew C. Ryan, Steven M. Coyle, Christopher A. Potts, and Derek J. Denhart |

On March 6, the federal Food and Drug Administration licensed the first-ever U.S. biosimilar drug, Sandoz's Zarxio, a version of Amgen's Neupogen (filgrastim). Less than two weeks later, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied Amgen's motion for a preliminary injunction against Sandoz's Zarxio launch, removing the final barrier to consumers being able to obtain the drug.

Andy Corea

The First Step in Fighting Cybersquatting

By Andy I. Corea |

Disputes between trademark owners and domain registrants often turn on ownership of a distinctive trademark. A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit decision demonstrates how important federal trademark registrations are in establishing rights in these contests.

Michelle P. Ciotola and George A. Pelletier Jr.

Fuzzy Jury Instructions Affected 'Blurred Lines' Case

By Michelle P. Ciotola and George A. Pelletier Jr. |

Singer-songwriters Robin Thicke, Clifford "T.I." Harris and Pharrell Williams' song "Blurred Lines" was released in 2013 and quickly climbed the charts to become the longest-running No 1 single of 2013. Unfortunately for Thicke and Williams, their success hit a sour note when the estate of legendary rhythm and blues artist Marvin Gaye received a $7.4 million jury verdict for copyright infringement.

Scott Lydon and Justin Durelli

Anti-Troll Legislation: Too Much of a Good Thing?

By Scott Lydon and Justin Durelli |

Recent media attention has brought the term "patent troll" out of the obscure patent attorney lexicon and into the public realm of discussion. The increased debate surrounding the so-called abusive practices of patent trolls has inspired Congress to twice consider legislative reform.

Eric Osterberg

Copyright and Contract Law on the Internet

By Eric Osterberg |

A case decided in March in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts addresses several important issues concerning the ways in which copyright law and contract law interact on the Internet. The case is Small Justice Ventures v. Xcentric Ventures, Civil Action No. 13-cv-11701 (D. Mass. Mar. 27, 2015).

Michael J. Kasdan and Joseph M. Casino

Patent Litigation Reform on the Horizon?

By Michael J. Kasdan and Joseph M. Casino |

For several years, there have been rumblings that Congress will be passing patent litigation reform. The proposed reforms have primarily been directed at addressing complaints about so-called "patent trolls" that misuse "bad patents" by bringing resulting vexatious and costly litigation that leave companies with a choice between paying to defend the lawsuit and paying a settlement to end the litigation.

Fatima Lahnin and John L. Cordani Jr.

Is Federal Circuit Really 'Terrified' of Reversals?

By Fatima Lahnin and John L. Cordani Jr. |

There is a deep and undeniable divide between the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which has persisted for nearly a decade. The frequency with which the Supreme Court overturns Federal Circuit patent law precedent that seeks to treat patent law as "special" or to erect rigid tests in spite of a patent statute's flexible language has increased exponentially in recent years.

Ryan O'Neill

Dispute over Greenwich Real Estate Deal Leads to $1.3 Million Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

Litigation over a flopped real estate development project in Greenwich has led to a $1.33 million jury verdict in Stamford.

Commentary: Boston Bomber's Body Language Won't Win Over Jury

By Duane Lueders |

As the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial enters the penalty phase, several interesting issues regarding the government's attempt to impose the death penalty, and Tsarnaev's apparent attempt to avoid it, are presented.

Second Circuit Rejects Casino Worker's Discrimination Claim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

A former Mohegan Sun Casino employee lost her employment discrimination case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit earlier the month.

Jed Horwitt

Conn. Court Wrestles With $100 Million Ponzi Scheme

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Michael S. Goldberg spent his days selling medical equipment. But he promised potential investors he had a hookup through a college fraternity brother to purchase foreclosed assets from Chase Manhattan Bank.

Editorial: Police Excessive Force Complaints a National Crisis

We have a national excessive use of force problem in our law enforcement community. The onslaught of examples in the last nine months has moved this issue to the forefront.

Conn. AG Says Casino Bill May Have Constitutional Problems

By Associated Press |

Attorney General George Jepsen is warning Connecticut legislative leaders that a bill allowing the state's two federally recognized tribes to open jointly operated casinos could face legal challenges from other gambling entities who claim the legislation is unconstitutional.

Conn. Court Officials Warn of Email Scam

By Law Tribune Staff |

That awkwardly worded message in your email inbox warning of an upcoming court date is probably bogus.

Defendant Appeals Conviction for Reclaiming Own Money

By Christian Nolan |

The Supreme Court will consider whether a person can be convicted of attempted robbery if they use violence in an attempt to regain their own money or other possessions.

Editorial: Conn. Justices Should Be Ashamed of Vitriolic Attacks

At nearly 170 pages in length and consisting of a majority opinion, one concurrence and two dissents, the Connecticut Supreme Court's recent and momentous 6-2 decision in Lapointe v. Commissioner of Correction will be praised by many for correcting a gross miscarriage of justice that had resulted in the imprisonment of a mentally impaired person for 26 years for a crime he likely did not commit.

Connecticut ACLU Names New Policy Director

By Law Tribune Staff |

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has promoted its longtime staff attorney to the post of legislative and policy director.

Judge Says City Council Can't Terminate Voter Registrars

By Associated Press |

A Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled that Hartford may not remove three registrars of voters at the center of Election Day polling place delays last November.

Court Upholds Conviction in Judicial Bribery Case

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld the conviction of a man who tried to bribe a state judge in an effort to influence a grand jury investigation into his wife's disappearance.

Court Rejects 'Perceived Disability' Bias Claim

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

When Arnetha Eaddy was hired as a police officer, she received great ratings during her field training.

Editorial: Playing Fast and Loose With Law School Transfers

For as long as there has been more than one law school, students probably have been transferring from the law school where they spent their first year to a school they perceived as more suitable to their needs.

Connecticut Tribes Side With State in Payday Loan Dispute

By Associated Press |

Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes sided Monday with the state in a dispute with an Oklahoma-based tribe and its Internet payday loan companies.

Jury Award Reduced From $800,000 to $60,000 in Negligence Case

By Christian Nolan |

A Superior Court judge has reduced an $800,000 jury award down to $60,000 in a lawsuit brought by the family of an 80-year-old woman who fell outside her apartment house and died of hypothermia because she couldn't get up.

Csar Garcia Hernandez

Conn. Supreme Court Ruling a Setback for Immigrants

By Christian Nolan |

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all criminal defense attorneys must advise their noncitizen clients that they can be deported if they plead guilty to a crime.

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Mark Dubois: Faux Lawyers Succeed Without Attending Law School

By Mark Dubois |

I just saw where another lawyers was discovered never having gone to law school. Seems Kimberly Kitchens of the Pennsylvania bar kind of forgot to go to law school, but managed nevertheless to parlay her decade spent as a paralegal into a job with a Huntingdon firm where she made partner after 10 years of good work on estate and probate matters.

Chase Rogers

Chief Justice Reappointment Clears Committee

By Jay Stapleton |

It was eight years ago that Chase Rogers was nominated to be Connecticut's chief justice. Since then, she has worked to increase the transparency of Judicial Branch operations, coped with the skyrocketing number of self-represented litigants and dealt with an increasingly unhappy group of critics of the state's family court system.

Editorial: U.S. Supreme Court Is No Place for Sarcasm

Webster's Dictionary defines sarcasm as "a cutting, hostile or contemptuous remark; the use of caustic or ironic language." It was probably no surprise to most, therefore, when a recent study by a University of California law professor identified Justice Antonin Scalia as the most sarcastic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Accused of TV Theft, Town Worker Wins Slander Suit

By Karen Ali |

It all started, more of less, with an old television set. But it quickly escalated into an accusation of theft, and then slander and then a $60,000 civil verdict.

Stephen DeLeo

Drunk Driving Case Results in Unlikely Acquittal

By Christian Nolan |

It appeared to be a slam-dunk case. The alleged drunk driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit. On top of that, there was an apparent signed confession.

A portrait of retiring Connecticut Bankruptcy Judge Albert Dabrowski (left) painted by artist Gerald York (right) will be unveiled in a ceremony on April 20.

Conn. Bankruptcy Judge Retires After 22 Years on Bench

By Patrick R. Linsey |

Albert Dabrowski might have had a very different career had he not gotten off to an especially early start one morning in 1973.

Paralyzed Crash Victim Challenges Jury's Logic in Defense Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A man paralyzed in a crash on Interstate 95 is challenging a defense verdict on grounds that jurors' decisions to the various counts in the lawsuit were inconsistent and the judge should have granted a new trial.

Editorial: Lawyers Especially Should Not Stereotype Muslims

In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Rupert Murdoch posted the following message on Twitter: "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible."

Ex-Senate Candidate Sues Town Over Use of Building by Jewish Group

By Associated Press |

Greenwich officials have rejected an $11,000 proposed settlement of a lawsuit with a former U.S. Senate candidate who claims the use of Town Hall for a bar mitzvah and a pro-Israel event violated the Constitution by promoting a religion.

Court Reverses $679 Million Judgment Against UTC

By Law Tribune Staff |

Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. has won an appeal of claims it overcharged the federal government for Pratt & Whitney jet engines.

Ian McLachlan

Commentary: Former Conn. Justice Critical of Ex-Colleagues

By C. Ian McLachlan |

I disagree with the Connecticut Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Richard LaPointe's 1992 murder conviction, but my principal disagreement has to do with the manner in which the result was reached, as well as the tone.

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Mark Dubois: The Gradual Acceptance of the Virtual Law Office

By Mark Dubois |

A few years ago, the American Bar Association ethics solons convened something called Ethics 20/20, which followed Ethics 2000 as an attempt to examine the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and determine whether circumstances might dictate the need for changes to the existing lawyer ethics regime or new rules to respond to new technologies or business methods.

Conn. Firefighter Who Is Jehovah's Witness Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

By Jay Stapleton |

The plaintiff says he can't do anything that could be construed as worshipping anything man-made, such as an American flag, so he also declines to take part in flag-raising ceremonies at the fire station.

Attorney Emanuele 'Manny' Cicchiello

Crash Victim Gets $1 Million After Neck Fusion Surgery

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was rear-ended while stopped in a traffic jam on Interstate 95 was recently awarded $1 million by a Hartford jury.

Judge Cuts $12.2 Million Personal Injury Verdict in Half

By Christian Nolan |

Thomas Ventura v. Town of East Haven: A Superior Court judge has cut in half a $12.2 million verdict against the town of East Haven in the case of a pedestrian who was badly injured after he was hit by an alleged drunken driver who had earlier been detained—and then released—by town police.

Fungus Based Food Company in Conn. Hit by Repeated Lawsuits

By Jay Stapleton |

When vegetarians and other diet-conscious eaters go to the supermarket in search of healthy alternatives to meat, the optimal word is healthy. For more than a decade, a British company with U.S. headquarters in Connecticut has tried to tap into that market with meatless dinner entrees.

Richard Lapointe is shown in this July 1994 photo taken at MacDougall Correction Institution in Suffield, Conn., where he's serving a life sentence for the murder and rape of Bernice Martin, the 88-year-old grandmother of his wife. The state Supreme Court on Friday July 5, 1996 upheld the conviction of Richard Lapointe, a brain-damaged man serving a life sentence for the rape and murder of his ex-wife's 88-year-old grandmother. (AP Photo/Journal Inquirer/Jim Michaud)

Murder Case Ruling Reveals Rift Between Conn. Supreme Court Justices

By Christian Nolan |

Defense lawyers have long maintained the innocence of Richard Lapointe, a mentally ill man convicted in 1992 of raping and killing his wife's grandmother. In numerous appeals, they claimed that overzealous police officers took advantage of the mental illness and coerced him into confessing.

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Insider Trading Prosecutions Thwarted by Court Ruling

By Jay Stapleton |

After the 2008 financial meltdown, federal securities regulators took heat for their failure to discover or halt Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. One of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's responses was to get tough on insider trading.

Veteran Files Possible Class Action Over Benefit Delays

By Jay Stapleton |

A Vietnam veteran who claims he has been stuck "in limbo" for years while awaiting an appeal on his benefits through the Veterans Affairs Department has filed a lawsuit that could affect thousands of other veterans.

Spanish-Flavored Restaurants Embroiled In Trademark Dispute

By Karen Ali |

Barcelona is a city in Spain. But it's also the name of a popular chain of upscale restaurants in Connecticut. And it's the name of one restaurant in New York state as well. And that posed a problem.

MIchael Rose

Court Says Workplace Anti-Discrimination Laws Don’t Apply to Volunteers

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

An ambulance company volunteer cannot sue for workplace discrimination without showing she received some sort of remuneration, the Connecticut Appellate Court ruled on an issue of first impression.

City Challenges $1.4 Million Award to Property Owner in Eminent Domain Case

By Christian Nolan |

Norwalk is challenging a roughly $1.4 million verdict awarded to the owner of a parking lot that was taken by eminent domain when the city built its new police headquarters a decade ago.

Kathy Flaherty

Lawyer Offered Unique Mental Health Insight to Sandy Hook Commission

By Christian Nolan |

Kathleen "Kathy" Flaherty is a Harvard-educated lawyer who has spent her career helping Connecticut's low-income residents. Most recently she was appointed executive director of the Connecticut Legal Rights Project.

Michelle Cruz: Offenders Already Have Plenty of Second Chances

By Michelle Cruz |

Gov. Dannel Malloy recently announced a "Second Chance" initiative for criminal offenders. However, at first glance, it seems Malloy's goal is not really to reform criminals.

Attorney General’s Office Names New Litigation Chief

By Law Tribune Staff |

Several retirements and resignations have led to staff changes in Connecticut's attorney general's office.

Leon Rosenblatt

Court Says Rumored Affair Not Just Cause for Firing Official

By Christian Nolan |

In Connecticut, the average Joe is an at-will worker who can be fired for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all, as long as it's not for an illegal reason, such as age or race.

Supreme Court Majority Blames State, Overturns Murder Conviction

By Associated Press |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a brain-damaged man sentenced to life in prison for the 1987 killing of his wife's 88-year-old grandmother — a conviction protested by high-profile supporters including writers Arthur Miller and William Styron.

William Clendenen

CBA Delegates Approve Diversity Commitment Policy

By Jay Stapleton |

The Connecticut Bar Association has been working to improve diversity among its ranks, perhaps most notably with the recent election of biracial lawyer Karen DeMeola to serve as vice president.

Lawyer Jailed for Wife Attack Faces Loss of Law License

By Jay Stapleton |

'Most times, we see this [disciplinary action] for mortgage fraud or something like that,' said an assistant disciplinary counsel. 'It's an odd case where you have a lawyer convicted of a violent crime.'

Ellen Strauss

Conn. Solo Plays Role in Arrest of Millionaire Murder Suspect

By Jay Stapleton |

It's been hard to turn on the television recently without hearing about Robert Durst, the estranged member of the wealthy New York real estate family that runs 1 World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Editorial: Conn. Should Ensure Right to Counsel in Civil Cases

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been interpreted to ensure a right to counsel in appropriate civil cases in which basic human rights are at stake.